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Daily Archives: July 23, 2013

Online Survival Kit from Reporters Without Borders

“Reporters Without Borders has published an Online Survival Kit on its WefightCensorship.org website that has tools and practical advice that will allow you to protect your communications and data. You don’t need to be an IT engineer to learn how to protect the content of your emails and remain anonymous online. The tools and techniques presented in this kit do not require advanced knowledge of computers and programming.”

New Energy Technologies and Avoiding an Electric Service Gap

“The electricity industry is now entering a similar period of rapid change as that faced by the telecom industry a decade ago. New technologies from smart grids and solar panels to superefficient homes and electricity storage are all coming on-line rapidly at the same time that our legacy infrastructure faces the unanswered challenges of anContinue Reading

Brookings: Confronting U.S. Citizen Terrorist Suspects Abroad

Tools and Tradeoffs: Confronting U.S. Citizen Terrorist Suspects Abroad: “In this report, Daniel Byman and Benjamin Wittes profile Anwar Awlaki and other suspected American terrorists who joined the jihadist cause from abroad, and they examine several distinct approaches the U.S. government can use to confront the threat of these U.S. citizen terrorist suspects.”

Report Shows Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Would Worsen Climate Change

News release: “The proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would significantly boost the carbon pollution that drives climate change, failing the test set by President Obama, according to a detailed analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council. In just one key way, over its 50-year life, the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would add upContinue Reading

Gallup – In U.S., Economic Confidence Stalls

“Americans are less upbeat about the economy now than they were in May and June. Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index held steady at -12 last week, but the current score is substantially lower than the five-year weekly high of -3 reached in late May and early June. Americans’ confidence in the economy has recovered fromContinue Reading

OECD Employment Outlook 2013

“The OECD Employment Outlook 2013 looks at labour markets in the wake of the crisis.  It also includes chapters on employment protection  legislation;  benefit systems, employment and training programmes and re-employment earnings and skills after job loss.”

American Customer Satisfaction Index e-business report

“The annual ForeSee American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) e-business report 2013 includes an analysis of individual companies within three measured e-business categories. Social Media: Google+, Pinterest.com, Twitter.com, LinkedIn.com, Facebook.com, Wikipedia.com, and YouTube.com Portals and Search Engines: AOL.com, Bing.com, Google.com, MSN.com, and Yahoo.com News & Information Websites: ABCNews.com, CNN.com, FoxNews.com, HuffingtonPost.com, NBCNews.com, NYTimes.com, and USAToday.com”

New GAO Reports – Private Health Insurance, Federal Housing Administration

Private Health Insurance  – The Range of Base Premiums in the Individual Market by State in January 2013, GAO-13-712R, Jul 23, 2013 Federal Housing Administration – Improving Disposition and Oversight Practices May Increase Returns on Foreclosed Property Sales, GAO-13-542, Jun 20, 2013

How America Pays for College 2013

“The national study by Sallie Mae, How America Pays for College 2013, conducted by Ipsos, is a compelling look at how today’s families view higher education, manage higher education costs, and tap a variety of funding sources. This year’s study finds that families are adjusting to a new post-recession reality to pay for college. Higher scholarshipsContinue Reading

The multimillennial sea-level commitment of global warming

The multimillennial sea-level commitment of global warming: “Global mean sea level has been steadily rising over the last century, is projected to increase by the end of this century, and will continue to rise beyond the year 2100 unless the current global mean temperature trend is reversed. Inertia in the climate and global carbon system, however,Continue Reading

Racial Violence Civil Rights Convictions for 2013

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during the first eight months of FY 2013 the government reported 11 new convictions under the program category of civil rights — racial violence. If this activity continues at the same pace, the annual total of convictions will be 17 forContinue Reading